May 23, 2017


Letter to the Editor: Support for Medicaid funding

By: Gordy Lewis | Leader Register | May 17, 2017

Medicaid is a safety net program designed to help our most vulnerable and often most medically fragile citizens access necessary medical care.

Nickel: Health Insurance Reforms like Wisconsin's HIRSP Offer Way Forward  

By: Ted Nickel, WI Commissioner of Insurance | mi perspectives | May 19, 2017

Obamacare is falling apart. One third of US counties have only one health insurer offering coverage on the federal exchange.

Tammy Baldwin, John McCain bill would require drug companies to justify steep price increases  

By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | May 18, 2017

With prices for EpiPen allergy treatments, opioid overdose reversal injectors, rheumatoid arthritis medications and other drugs soaring in recent years, Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin reintroduced a bill this week requiring drug companies to justify steep cost increases.

Science Says: Medications prevent opioid addiction relapse

By: Carla K. Johnson, AP | La Crosse Tribune | May 22, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) — Remarks by a top U.S. health official have reignited a quarrel in the world of addiction and recovery: Does treating opioid addiction with medication save lives? Or does it trade one addiction for another?

Nursing students aid in tornado relief effort while in rural immersion program

By: Shelley K. Mesch | Wisconsin State Journal | May 20, 2017

In UW-Madison’s rural health care immersion program, disaster and crisis response is a key piece of the curriculum.


It’s Time to Worry about Health Care in the Senate

By: David Leonhardt | The New York Times | May 23, 2017

While the rest of the country has been transfixed by Trumpian chaos, members of the Senate have spent the last two weeks talking about taking health insurance from millions of Americans.

White House seeks 90-day delay in Obamacare subsidy suit

By: Paul Demko, Jennifer Haberkorn and Josh Dawsey | POLITICO | May 22, 2017

The Trump administration and House of Representatives Monday asked a federal court for another 90-day delay in a lawsuit over Obamacare insurance subsidies, undermining the future of the health care marketplaces as insurers look for certainty from the government before committing to offer coverage next year.

A Vital Drug Runs Low, Though Its Base Ingredient Is in Many Kitchens

By: Katie Thomas | The New York Times | May 21, 2017

Hospitals around the country are scrambling to stockpile vials of a critical drug — even postponing operations or putting off chemotherapy treatments — because the country’s only two suppliers have run out.

Medical Devices Hit By Ransomware For The First Time In US Hospitals

By: Thomas Fox-Brewster | Forbes | May 17, 2017

Is it possible that North Korea used a stolen National Security Agency hacking tool to infect medical devices at U.S. hospitals? Turns out, in today's topsy-turvy world, it is.

Trump’s Budget Cuts Deeply Into Medicaid and Anti-Poverty Efforts

By: Julie Hirschfeld Davis | The New York Times | May 22, 2017

WASHINGTON — President Trump plans to unveil on Tuesday a $4.1 trillion budget for 2018 that would cut deeply into programs for the poor, from health care and food stamps to student loans and disability payments, laying out an austere vision for reordering the nation’s priorities.

Few doctors discuss cancer costs with patients, study finds

By: Marilynn Marchione, AP | KAIT 8 | May 19, 2017

Most doctors did not discuss the cost of cancer treatment with patients, spent less than two minutes on it when they did, and usually did so only after patients brought it up, a study that taped hundreds of visits at several large hospitals finds.


Progressive Community Health Centers receives $618,000 grant for mammography and imaging services

By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | May 17, 2017

Progressive Community Health Centers is now offering imaging services at its Lisbon Avenue Health Center through a grant valued at $618,000 from Froedtert Hospital.